This Week In Israel - Sep 23, 2009
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The New Year is officially here. Yom Kippur is coming along with Succot, so life in Israel is one of “which days do we go to the shuq?” “Look at those sukkah’s,” etc. Those are the sometimes-simple-sometimes quite fancy” little tabernacles in which Jewish people will take meals, and some will sleep in during the Feast of Tabernacles or Succot.

Bibi, and a host of others, as well as a large contingent of Palestinians are in New York for the annual hot-air confab. Anything that allows Ahmadinejad to bluster has already diminished itself, if it’s possible for the UN to go down in our estimation.

Fall is well on the way with nights being cooler, nice days with partly cloudy skies and wonderful breezes. If we were home in Pennsylvania we’d be getting ready for hunting season, but here we are about other activities.


9/23/2009 - Photo tour of the shuq; Does He Lie; The Deterrance Factor

With such great weather, we headed out to take some photos of the shuq.

For years I’ve talked about sending tourists here, but apparently many guides fear losing their sheep in the bedlam that is Mehane Yehuda.

It’s pace can be calm and easy or it can be hectic and irascible. That actually depends on the shopper and how much time they a lot to their task of gathering their needs.

One thing I want to make clear. The fruit and veggie merchants don’t haggle much. You can definitely bargain on the other items here.

And when you don’t speak Hebrew well, they will be patient with you, helping you make change, understand prices, etc., as we learned when we first shopped here in January of 2006.

For the next three weeks we are going to share a dozen or so photos we took this week. Hope you enjoy them.

Aggripas St. Entrance (Ernie Moore)

Aggripas Street Entrance (Ernie Moore)

This is one of the two main guarded entrances to the shuq. This one is on Agrippas St. Two here and two are on Jaffe Rd. This has been a very safe place, in spite of the look of the soldiers on guard here. They are actually more relaxed today, but back between 2001-2003 there were bombings here and security was quite tight.


Spicy (Ernie Moore

Spicy (Ernie Moore)

Perhaps the best inventory in all the many spice shops in the shuq is this one. Large and small glass jars of all kinds of spices, down to the sacks out in front, and note the tower of paprika in the very center. They oil the paprika lightly which gives it the ability to cone.


Mangoes & More (Ernie Moore)

Mangoes & More (Ernie Moore)

Mangoes, plums and pomegranates add great colors to the stalls, and they are super-fresh too. The fields are at most an hour away, so things are picked fresh and trucked here. We learned back in 2002 that trips to the market are mandatory at least twice a week. Otherwise the produce spoils, even in the refrigerator. No green produce, given color by chemicals or gases, here.


Rimon (Ernie Moore)

Rimon (Ernie Moore)

Rimon, the Hebrew word for pomegranates, actually come in a variety of colors here. These always take my eye, but there are others which are almost all white, with only a touch of red.


Red & Green (Ernie Moore)

Red & Green (Ernie Moore)

The avocado orchards line the highways around Israel. And the sweet red peppers are almost all I could find in the shuq this week. Late in the season. I prefer the green, my wife likes the red ones better, so we compromise and I make a great stir fry with both.


Hen Fruit (Ernie Moore)

Hen Fruit (Ernie Moore)

Eggs by the tray, not the carton, though one does find them in the standard cardboard cartons as in the US. The shock to my dear wife is that they don’t wash the eggs very well (if at all) when you find them in the market, regardless of what kind of container they come in. Enough on that subject.


Variety (Ernie Moore)

Variety (Ernie Moore)

This is looking south to north on one aisle of the two main parallel paths through the shuq. Study this well and note the variety of goods, attire and people. It is a marvelous place to people-watch.


Cheese Shop (Ernie Moore)


Cheese Shop (Ernie Moore)

These two fellows are not the same man that I usually deal with in this cheese and dairy shop. He is friendly, garrulous and wields a gigantic knife to carve the giant wheels of cheese. From refined Brie to goat cheese, he is quick to slice a piece and extend the knife, with an offer to take a sample. I CAREFULLY pick the bit of cheese, and to this day, have never found one kind that I don’t like.


Dairy (Ernie Moore)

Dairy (Ernie Moore)

Here is another section of the cheese shop. Dairy shopping is an experiment on how well we can read Hebrew. This week I thought I was getting cottage cheese, but instead got a fine cream cheese.


Nuts & Oil (Ernie Moore)

Nuts & Oil (Ernie Moore)

Every kind of nut imaginable (except macadamia) can be had at the shuq. This fellow has great imagination with posting olive oils, fruit juices and in the back in jars, date spread.


A Good Man (Ernie Moore)

A Good Man (Ernie Moore)

This merchant is a good man, cheerful, willing to take time to explain the myriad of veggies that we are unfamiliar with. He has been a blessing to us over the years.


Dried Fruits!! (Ernie Moore)

Dried Fruits!! (Ernie Moore)

Dried fruit is one of my weaknesses. I love most of it, cooked in rice, added to cold cereal, or just munching. This is the typical kind of offering. Seldom do you find it packaged here. The hot summer months usually drive us to the standard stores like Super Deal or Mr. Zols because neither my wife no I like sharing our food with the swarming flies.


Loofas and Brooms (Ernie Moore)

Loofas & Brooms (Ernie Moore)

Did you say variety? Loofas, pots, buckets and very short brooms all in a 3x2 foot space. Here you can bargain.


Watch Shop (Ernie Moore)

Watch Shop (Ernie Moore)

Want to buy, sell, or have a watch repaired, read a book while you wait, or just pass some time visiting. This is the place on a side street of the shuq.

There is great charm in this little section of Jerusalem. Most of the folks here are open, willing to visit if they are not too busy, but there are those who are camera-shy and run me off when I ask if I can photograph them or their piece of the shuq.

Next week we will bring you more, and the week after that more still, Lord willing.




Far from suggesting the planet will get warmer, one of the world's leading climate modellers says the latest data indicates we could be in for a significant period of steady temperatures and possibly even a little global cooling.”


Sort of reminds you of the Time Magazine cover telling us that there is a difference between male and female.



As the media always likes a little conflict, many of them have jumped on the Paterson vs Obama fight. Personally we are not fans of either, so “we don’t have a dog in this fight,” but it is interesting.

Seems that the President sent word to Paterson to not run for re-election. Now word comes that King Obie didn’t do the deed. (hmmm)

Paterson so much as told him to mind his own business, that his failures since being elected have hurt Democrat governors.

Well they met this week in New York. Drudge has a photo that shows the deep freeze between the two.

And Paterson says he’s running. Obama wants Andrew Cuomo in that chair. All in all, New York’s politics is a balagan and not just because of their last two governors.

You know who I feel sorry for? The “regular folks” who live between Buffalo and NYC; farmers, factory folks, and people who own and work in lots of orchards. People who have roots, can think sensibly and still have to put up with the nonsense emanating from their left and right.

Sort of like Pennsylvania. Word has it that the governor there may have ties to the previous NY governors partying activity. Stay tuned.







Obama under fire for U-turn on missiles

By Daniel Dombey in Washington, James Blitz in London and Jan Cienski in Warsaw

Published: September 17 2009 10:18 | Last updated: September 18 2009 00:41

Barack Obama’s decision to scrap Bush-era plans for a missile defense shield on Thursday triggered dismay in central Europe and among Republicans on Capitol Hill, amid claims that it amounted to a major security concession to Russia.

Unveiling one of the biggest reversals on national security since coming to office, the US president said that he would abandon predecessor George W. Bush’s plans for ground-based interceptors in Poland and a related radar site in the Czech Republic, deploying instead a new system that could hitshorter-range Iranian missiles.

“This new approach will provide capabilities sooner, build on proven systems and offer greater defenses against the threat of missile attack,” Mr. Obama said.


Obama’s speech

Strengthening US missile defense in Europe

In Moscow, President Dmitry Medvedev welcomed the decision to drop the project, which had complicated US efforts to enlist Russian support on nuclear arms control. “We value the US president’s responsible approach towards implementing our agreements,” Mr Medvedev said in a TV address. “I am ready to continue the dialogue.”

Moscow had denounced the Bush-era missile defense plans as a threat to its security, while Poland and the Czech Republic, originally unenthusiastic about the scheme, have warned against giving in to pressure from the Kremlin.

But US officials deny the move is a quid pro quo for Russian support for tougher UN sanctions on Iran – an idea previously floated by Mr. Obama’s advisers.

Russia’s foreign ministry on Thursday denied that there was any private deal behind the US decision…


On the 70th anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Poland, Lech Walesa, former president, said: “I can see what kind of policy the Obama administration is pursuing towards this part of Europe. The way we are being approached needs to change.’’

“It would be a defeat for the long-term thinking of the American administration regarding this part of Europe,” Aleksander Szczyglo, head of the Polish national security bureau, told Poland’s TVN television.


Diary of a defence system:

*1990s US starts developing missile system for shooting down incoming long-range missiles from rogue states after abandoning earlier more ambitious efforts to develop a “Star Wars”-style comprehensive shield

*2000George W. Bush accelerates development; aims for 2004 deployment

*2002 Washington starts talks with Warsaw and Prague on locating a missile base in Poland and tracker radar in the Czech Republic

*2007 US, Poland and the Czech Republic begin formal negotiations despite continuing technical problems, skepticism of Polish and Czech voters and growing hostility of Russia, which sees system as a threat to its security

*2008 Czech deal signed just before Georgia war, Polish deal just after.
Russia denounces project and pledges to deploy short- range nuclear missiles in the Kaliningrad region. Washington promise to base a US-manned Patriot short-range missile unit in Poland

*Early 2009 Barack Obama announces system review out of concern at cost and effectiveness and hopes of easing tension with Russia

*September 17 2009
Mr. Obama abandons plans for east European bases, promises more flexible system, with Nato members and Russia as potential partners. Poland still hopes to host the Patriot unit

US Republicans, who identify missile defense as a key part of US national security, were also critical. John McCain, the presidential candidate who lost to Mr. Obama, criticised the move as “seriously misguided”. John Bolton, former US ambassador to the United Nations, a leading Bush-era hawk, was scathing.

“I think this is a near catastrophe for American relations with Eastern European countries and many in NATO,” he said. “It was the kind of unilateral decision that the Bush administration was always criticised for and I think the clear winners are in Russia and Iran.”

Defending the decision on Thursday, Mr. Obama said it was prompted by changing assessments of Iran’s missile capabilities – now more focused on short- and medium- rather than long-range missiles – as well as improvements in US technology.

The new system would use both airborne sensors and seaborne interceptors to track and destroy incoming missiles and would deploy earlier than the Bush plans. It would later involve land-based interceptors in Europe, which US officials said could still be based in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Mr Obama called Russia’s concerns about the US’s previous plans “entirely unfounded”.

But he said he would welcome co-operation on missile defence with Moscow, while adding that he had underlined US commitments to Poland and the Czech Republic to the countries’ prime ministers.

In an allusion to long-standing Democratic doubts about the effectiveness and cost of the Bush-era plan, Mr. Obama stressed the importance of using “technology that is both proven and cost-effective.”


Mr. Obama emphasised he was following the unanimous advice of his secretary of defence and the joint chiefs of staff.

“Those who say we are scrapping missile defence in Europe are either misinformed or misrepresenting the reality of what we are doing in Europe,” said Robert Gates, US defence secretary. The new approach would be more effective than the previous plan, which he recommended to former President George W. Bush three years ago.

But many diplomats privately argue that if the US had pressed ahead with the Bush-era plan, it would have jeopardised the Obama administration’s attempt to “reset” relations with Moscow and reduced prospects for longer-term co-operation.

In a sign of shifting plans for missile defence, the US last week notified Congress of a potential $7.8bn sale of Patriot missiles to Turkey, which borders Iran.


The US and other world powers will meet Tehran’s chief nuclear negotiator on October 1 to test the seriousness of Iran’s proposal for talks and gauge its willingness to discuss its nuclear ambitions. The Obama administration says it will judge the progress on any talks by the end of the year, opening the way to a push for heightened sanctions on Iran.

The Bush administration had originally proposed the European-based system to counter the perceived threat of Iran developing a nuclear weapon that could be mounted on its increasingly sophisticated missiles. It had wanted to begin construction before leaving office in January 2009.

The Czech Republic and Poland saw the bases as a commitment by Washington to increase their security against Russia.

During negotiations with the Bush administration, Warsaw pushed hard for a missile defence agreement that would reward them with a Patriot short-range air defence unit supported by US troops. In the end, Poland agreed in principle to host the US base during last year’s war between Russia and Georgia, which sparked fears about Russian intentions towards central Europe. (



What is interesting to me is that Gates and the Joint Chiefs supposedly backed the idea. That is not to say that they went to the Prez with the idea. And they do work for him, after all.

Mobile rather than fixed defenses don’t trouble me, and might be wiser in some ways. But it is a message to Russia that Eastern Europe – who felt secure in our fold – is now fair game if the Russians want to show off their strength.

The nations are still in NATO, so there is a fence there that is in their favor. It’s just beyond my pay grade to know the fine points.


It is telling that Turkey wants Patriots on their soil near Iran. Way back in my brain there is this little voice asking, “But will they in turn figure out how to fire Patriots into the Kurds” and not just keep them for Iran’s threats?



Used car salesmen are feeling better all the time. One of my relatives is in the car business. He as much as said to me a few years ago that it was a haven for liars. I felt bad for him when he came out with it. Sad.

But now with Congress’ trust numbers below the boys on the car lot, they must be celebrating. Well, perhaps they will celebrate when the government pays all the millions of dollars they owe for the Clunkers promotion.


President Obama cancels Bush’s proposed Missile Defense system. In Russia’s move on the imaginary chess board, they announced that they will scrap plans to establish a “planned” missile system along the Polish border.

That is a positive. But as you no doubt know, so much of what we read and hear is all “projected” moves. It is part of the move, counter-move challenges that nations play when they are on opposite sides.

Look at it this way: it’s cheaper than if they spent money on it and then tore it up like forty miles of interstate.


There is every indication that the US will deploy missile defense systems in Israel in the very near future.

According to the J-Post this week, “Senior officials had told the Post that the United States might leave missile defense systems in Israel following a joint missile defense exercise the two countries will hold next month.

“While the US has yet to announce that it will leave systems in place here, the possibility is strong, one official said, particularly in light of reports that the Pentagon was conducting a review of its European missile shield and was leaning towards deploying the systems in Turkey.”


Maintaining a “balance of power” or in this case, a balance of defense is often super-powers’ modus operandi and with the Arab nation of Turkey getting the US nod for a system, it only makes sense to do the same for Israel.

It wouldn’t be the first time Patriots and their crews have been in Israel. When Saddam sent his Scuds into the night, crashing them down in Tel Aviv and other Israeli areas, there were Patriots sent to blow them up mid-air before they could do real damage.

“The Scuds targeting Israel were relatively ineffective as firing at extreme range resulted in a dramatic reduction in accuracy and payload. Nevertheless, the 39 missiles that landed on Israel caused extensive property damage and two deaths, and caused the United States to deploy two Patriot missile battalions in Israel, and the Netherlands to send one Patriot Squadron...” (


It’s sad when one cannot take their President at his word. I felt that – even when I disagreed with him – I could trust Mr. Bush’s statements. He might not tell us everything, but he would not mislead us.

That just isn’t the case with Obama. Like Slick Willy who told us that it “depends on what the definition of ‘is’ is,” Obama turns a nice phrase.

The problem is that he speaks in such flowery generalities that he is free to interpret differently than we think he means. Charles Krauthammer had a few things to say about this recently:


September 18, 2009
Does He Lie?
No, but Obama implies, misdirects, and misleads.
By Charles Krauthammer

You lie? No. Barack Obama doesn’t lie. He’s too subtle for that. He...well, you judge.

Herewith three examples within a single speech — the now-famous Obama-Wilson “you lie” address to Congress on health care — of Obama’s relationship with truth.

(1) “I will not sign (a plan),” he solemnly pledged, “if it adds one dime to the deficit, now or in the future. Period.”

Wonderful. The president seems serious, veto-ready, determined to hold the line. Until, notes Harvard economist Greg Mankiw, you get to Obama’s very next sentence: “And to prove that I’m serious, there will be a provision in this plan that requires us to come forward with more spending cuts if the savings we promised don’t materialize.”

This apparent strengthening of the pledge brilliantly and deceptively undermines it. What Obama suggests is that his plan will require mandatory spending cuts if the current rosy projections prove false. But there’s absolutely nothing automatic about such cuts. Every Congress is sovereign. Nothing enacted today will force a future Congress or a future president to make any cuts in any spending, mandatory or not.

Just look at the supposedly automatic Medicare cuts contained in the Sustainable Growth Rate formula enacted to constrain out-of-control Medicare spending. Every year since 2003, Congress has waived the cuts.

Mankiw puts the Obama bait-and-switch in plain language. “Translation: I promise to fix the problem. And if I do not fix the problem now, I will fix it later, or some future president will, after I am long gone. I promise he will. Absolutely, positively, I am committed to that future president fixing the problem. You can count on it. Would I lie to you?”

(2) And then there’s the famous contretemps about health insurance for illegal immigrants. Obama said they would not be insured. Well, all four committee-passed bills in Congress allow illegal immigrants to take part in the proposed Health Insurance Exchange.

But more importantly, the problem is that laws are not self-enforcing. If they were, we’d have no illegal immigrants because, as I understand it, it’s illegal to enter the United States illegally. We have laws against burglary, too. But we also provide for cops and jails on the assumption that most burglars don’t voluntarily turn themselves in.

When Republicans proposed requiring proof of citizenship, the Democrats twice voted that down in committee. Indeed, after Rep. Joe Wilson’s “You lie!” shout-out, the Senate Finance Committee revisited the language of its bill to prevent illegal immigrants from getting any federal benefits. Why would the Finance Committee fix a nonexistent problem?
(3) Obama said he would largely solve the insoluble cost problem of Obamacare by eliminating “hundreds of billions of dollars in waste and fraud” from Medicare.

That’s not a lie. That’s not even deception. That’s just an insult to our intelligence. Waste, fraud, and abuse — Meg Greenfield once called this phrase “the dread big three” — as the all-purpose piggy bank for budget savings has been a joke since Jimmy Carter first used it in 1977.

Moreover, if half a trillion is waiting to be squeezed painlessly out of Medicare, why wait for health-care reform? If, as Obama repeatedly insists, Medicare overspending is breaking the budget, why hasn’t he gotten started on the painless billions in “waste and fraud” savings?

Obama doesn’t lie. He merely elides, gliding from one dubious assertion to another. This has been the story throughout his whole health-care crusade. Its original premise was that our current financial crisis was rooted in neglect of three things — energy, education, and health care. That transparent attempt to exploit Emanuel’s Law — a crisis is a terrible thing to waste — failed for health care because no one is stupid enough to believe that the 2008 financial collapse was caused by a lack of universal health care.

So on to the next gambit: selling health-care reform as a cure for the deficit. When that was exploded by the Congressional Budget Office’s demonstration of staggering Obamacare deficits, Obama tried a new tack: selling his plan as revenue-neutral insurance reform — until the revenue neutrality is exposed as phony future cuts and chimerical waste and fraud.

Obama doesn’t lie. He implies, he misdirects, he misleads — so fluidly and incessantly that he risks transmuting eloquence into mere slickness.

Slickness wasn’t fatal to “Slick Willie” Clinton because he possessed a winning, near-irresistible charm. Obama’s persona is more cool, distant, imperial. The charming scoundrel can get away with endless deception; the righteous redeemer cannot. (



You may remember the Joint Session of Congress when Congressman Joe Wilson hollered, “You lie!” His bad.

Or was it? Obama said that there would be no illegal immigrants covered by the plan. Not a week later he comes out with this idea that would grant citizenship to all illegals.

THUS – they all come under the proposed plan, not as illegals, but as dewy fresh new citizens. Obama kept his word about illegals, but horn-swaggled us about his plans.



I’m old enough to remember Silver Certificates. Back in the day when Americans couldn’t own gold, and the treasury backed our currency with real precious metals, these dollar bills meant something besides the fact that the presses were burning out their bearings cranking out money that was worth less each month.

The Dollar has fallen in Israel from almost 5 shekels per dollar seven years ago to 3.7 today. So when you spend a dollar bill here you have lost about a quarter of the value you used to get when you exchanged your dollars for shekels. It is an ugly situation that many of us face.

On the Israeli side, their exports are more costly to those who spend dollars and that means less trade in some cases. The Israeli Bank was buying up dollars (in the millions) to keep it up but that seems to be history for now. I guess when it gets low enough they may do it again.

Almost every nation holds dollars but that means their holdings are also molding in their vaults. The dollar is shaky. Gold is at the highest price in memory for most of us.

And you may have heard that China has been wanting a new “international currency” to replace the dollar as the trading currency. Now the United Nations (which is actually the United Arab Nations, but that dirty little secret we shouldn’t go in to) wants to back China.

Before you get all nationalistic, ask yourself this:


The question is when. I will take the Bible at its word and tell you that there will be a new world currency, a new world government, and a new world leader. It won’t be Obama. He is far too light-weight for that. Could he be a practice run? Sure. But none other than the esteemed Jack Van Impe once named Henry Kissinger as the Anti-Christ.

We won’t get into naming names of who that evil person will be. But as one who believes the Bible is the Word of God and so is perfect, we accept the reality of the prophesy. We are not given details as to when all this will occur, but we believe that it lies before us.

For those of you who doubt it, we have no ill will. But before you laugh, it might be beneficial if you were to just read the many prophesies in the Old Testament or Covenant regarding the Messiah and then hold up the fulfillments in the person of Jesus Christ in the New Covenant and note how they came to pass. It is one thing to dismiss out of hand and another to study, looking honestly for reasons to throw out our words. Take the challenge honestly and let me know how it goes.

In the mean time, I will stick with my beliefs.

The dollar should be replaced with a global currency, the United Nations has said, proposing the biggest overhaul of the world's monetary system since the Second World War.

Revelation 13:16-18 16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:
17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.



U.S. to push for new economic world order at G20

Mon Sep 21, 2009 7:19pm EDT

By Alister Bull

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will urge world leaders this week to launch a new push in November to rebalance the world economy, but there are doubts national governments will bow to external advice.

A document outlining the U.S. position ahead of the September 24-25 Group of 20 summit in Pittsburgh said exporters, which include China, Germany and Japan, should consume more, while debtors like the United States ought to boost savings.

"The world will face anemic growth if adjustments in one part of the global economy are not matched by offsetting adjustments in other parts," said the document, which was obtained by Reuters on Monday.

The framework drafted by U.S. policy makers foresaw analysis of G20 members' economic policies by the International Monetary Fund to figure out if they were consistent with better balanced growth.

"We call on our finance ministers to launch the new framework by November," the document said, signaling a determined effort to maintain momentum for change created by last year's global financial crisis.

The United States envisages the IMF playing a central role in a process of "mutual assessment" by making policy recommendations to the G20 every six months.

Finance ministers and central bankers from the G20 countries are due to meet November 7-8 in Scotland.

European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said persuading Europe, the United States and China to accept IMF advice on economic policy may be difficult. In the past, many countries have ignored suggestions the IMF dished out in regular reviews.

Trichet told French newspaper Le Monde the G20 had made progress on reforms to make the financial system more stable after the crisis.

"The most difficult question is still open: Europe, America, China, are they ready to modify their macroeconomic policies in the future -- by following the advice of the IMF and under pressure from their peers, for the common good, and world economic stability?" he said in the piece on Monday.

G7 sources told Reuters there was a renewed determination to cooperate because the crisis had driven home the interconnected nature of the global system. That said, governments would not allow themselves to be told what to do.

"We can't get to a situation where any country is giving up its own decision-making," said one source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Germany, a major exporter to the United States, was singled out on Sunday by U.S. President Barack Obama as a country that, like China, exports a lot but does not buy much back.

But a top European Union official said that the euro zone, where 16 countries share a common currency, had to act as a collective.

"It is difficult to think about one country without taking into consideration what is the impact in the euro area," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told reporters in New York.

Taxpayer money to the tune of $5 trillion has been pumped into the world economy to keep it from seizing up since the beginning of the crisis last September.

G20 leaders will maintain that pace of stimulus while acknowledging that at some point it will have to be wound down, the document said.

But, mindful of how a disorderly rush to raise interest rates could roil world markets again, they will also ask finance ministers to thrash out a "transparent and credible" exit strategy.

There were no details of how to achieve this in practice, but the document echoed the caution of G20 finance ministers at their meeting in London earlier this month acknowledging the pace of change would vary by country.

Simon Johnson, a former chief economist at the IMF, warned there was a risk the Pittsburgh summit would be an empty public relations exercise.

"The point of the meetings is to try to reassure themselves and everyone else that they're broadly on track and have a round of applause and some back patting," he said.

But John Bruton, the EU ambassador to Washington, said it was important not to ignore the summit's symbolic power.

"I think we're seeing the beginning of a conversation between world leaders," he told Reuters in an interview.

(Additional reporting by Anna Willard in Paris, Sumeet Desai in London, Leslie Wroughton and Emily Kaiser in Washington, Caren Bohan in Troy, Walter Brandimarte in New York and Darren Ennis in Brussels; Editing by Andrew Hay)

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May I ask you a question regarding all this United Nations hugging and kissing with the US; all the new world order, etc.? What about the Constitution?!

Did not our President and Congress take oaths to uphold that wonderful document?



Politics: Joining the in crowd

Sep. 18, 2009

Though the 64th UN General Assembly opened on September 15, the stage was in fact set months earlier. On the evening of August 12, US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice arrived for a policy speech at New York University, ending months of quiet diplomacy. Here, she outlined America's new strategy of "engagement," which is to embrace a new role of working on international issues from within the UN, not outside it.

Indeed it is the Obama administration's premise that "the UN is imperfect, but it is also indispensable," as Rice put it, that will shape its role in the upcoming debates, scheduled to take place next week. With President Barack Obama set to play a larger role at this year's gathering than his predecessors, the administration is all but ensuring that its agenda - which includes a major push for nuclear nonproliferation - will be heard. What happens, of course, remains to be seen.

The US policy shift acknowledges both the power and the challenges facing America as it pushes a set of priorities that also includes the economy, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and climate change. "These are transnational security threats that cross national borders as freely as a storm. By definition, they cannot be tackled by any one country alone," Rice said this summer.




In many ways, the administration wasted little time; recent months have been busy ones for Americans at the UN, as all 192 member countries geared up for the General Assembly. The US paid its dues for peacekeeping operations and in May, it reversed an earlier policy and won a seat on the UN Human Rights Council with 90 percent of the vote.

"Through three election cycles, the United States refused to seek a seat, dismissing the council as flawed and anti-Israel - which obviously it is. But what did this approach achieve?" Rice asked during her speech at NYU. "Dictators were not called to account for their records of repression; abused citizens did not have their voices heard; obsessive, unproductive Israel-bashing raged on."

In September, Rice took over as president of the Security Council. During the General Assembly debate, Obama is set to spend three days in New York. On September 24, he will become the first American president to chair a meeting of the Security Council. He is eager to participate in diplomatic meetings on the margins of the main sessions, including a possible meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

"This is the biggest appearance by a US president since 2002 when George W. Bush went to the UN and challenged the UN to prove its relevancy in the age of new threats," said Stewart Patrick, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Unlike Bush, Obama's multilateralist approach will ensure his popularity, but it also creates high expectations.

"The administration has basically placed its bet [that working within the UN will yield more results than working outside it] - they think it's a good wager," he said. "The big question is, can these institutions deliver in practical terms for US priorities and global security?"

With a heavy focus on nuclear disarmament, the US circulated a draft resolution on September 11 that called for more robust efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons. US officials said they hoped world leaders would consider it at the special Security Council meeting chaired by Obama.

WITH ADDED scrutiny this year, insiders will be watching Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, known for blustery speeches full of vitriol. "It will be interesting to see whether or not he makes any statement that indicates any receptivity at all to what Obama will be proposing," said Patrick.

Libya, which is presiding over the General Assembly, infuriated Western countries this summer when it welcomed home Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, convicted in the Lockerbie bombing over Scotland. But speaking to reporters earlier this month, Rice issued a stern warning to its leader, Muammar Gaddafi, not to fan the flames.

The $54,000 question is whether Obama will say anything about UN Security Council reform, which Patrick described as an "elephant in the room." Inside the office buildings around the UN on the East Side of Manhattan, Brazil, India, Nigeria and China are becoming countries that matter right now. But insiders say the US is not likely to take up this issue, which was a topic of hot debate over the summer.

Following the global financial crisis, many countries were angry with the US for dragging them under. "The economic supremacy is still there, and I think it's still the strongest country in the world at this point, but the world is evolving," said Elisabeth Lindenmayer, director of the UN Studies Program at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. "When the world evolves, particularly on the economic side, the center of power shifts."

HOW WILL the Middle East be factored in? The Obama administration's major agenda item - nuclear power and weapons - directly addresses the Iranian threat that Israel has been warning about.

The most recent assault on Israel at the UN, a scathing report that cast it as an agent of war crimes in the Gaza conflict, is not likely to make waves. Last week, a fact-finding mission led by former South African Judge Richard Goldstone paved the way for the Security Council or Human Rights Council to send the matter to The Hague. "The murderers' pact that often dominates a politicized UN will use the Goldstone report as their weapon de jour, the latest salvo in their ongoing campaign to demonize Israel and deflect attention from their own systematic abuses of human rights," said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch. But he said it's not a General Assembly matter at this point.

Still, it was the Human Rights Council - which the US recently joined - that in April issued the mandate for the fact-finding mission. Israeli officials, who initially balked at the decision by the US to join the council, said they now view it as an opportunity for the US to defend Israel's interests in a body that is traditionally anti-Israel.

"We do hope this is an opportunity to show the US is standing with us regarding human rights and singling out Israel," Gabriela Shalev, Israel's permanent representative to the UN told The Jerusalem Post.

Speaking a day after the opening speech of the General Assembly, however, Shalev expressed concern regarding the body's new president, Ali Abdussalam Treki of Libya, whose remarks devoted a full paragraph to the situation of Palestinians, indirectly confronting Israeli policy. "I was taken aback and upset," said Shalev. "I'm still hoping we can promote our agenda, but it's getting harder and harder."

The Israeli delegation will not attend Ahmadinejad's speech, and officials are equally concerned about Gaddafi. "We are kind of apprehensive about what he's going to put in his speech," Shalev said. "The guy is completely uncontrollable."

She outlined the Israeli agenda, including resuming peace talks and Israel's security needs vis a vis Iran. "I hope the Security Council and the countries will realize how dangerous nuclear proliferation is," she said. As for Israel's American ally, she noted: "As long as they engage and there are fruitful results, mainly concerning Iran, we will be happy." servlet/Satellite?cid=1253198153897&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull



Here is a blurb on this report. Goldstone, from South Africa, and a Jew headed the group that published the very anti-Israeli report. It totally ignored the 50,000 plus rockets fired from Gaza into Israel, etc. His daughter has tried to stem the tide that sees her father as anti-Israel and totally inadequate in his role as investigator with a balanced perspective.

Here’s a blurb from the J-Post about the US administration’s response to the report:

The US State Department said the conclusions of a UN commission headed by South African Justice Richard Goldstone were unfair to Israel and did not fully deal with the role in the conflict of the Palestinian group Hamas. It said the United States objected to a recommendation that Israeli actions be referred to the International Criminal Court.

"Although the report addresses all sides of the conflict, its overwhelming focus is on the actions of Israel," spokesman Ian Kelly told reporters.

"While the report makes overly sweeping conclusions of fact and law with respect to Israel, its conclusions regarding Hamas's deplorable conduct and its failure to comply with international humanitarian law during the conflict are more general and tentative," he said.


MENSCH: somebody good, kind, decent, and honorable

Rudeness and bad manners are famous for certain groups. French waiters, motorcycle gangs and European soccer fans.

“These are the rudest people I ever met in my life!” So said my North Carolina friend who came to visit Israel for the first time. He had been in country for four days, all in the North, excepting the time at Ben Gurion during his arrival.

I laughed, and tried to comfort him. “Some Israelis are definitely rude,” I agreed, thinking of a few personal experiences and the faces that went with them.

“But give it a few more days,” I counseled. By the end of that week, either he was more acclimated to the differences between North Carolina and Tiberias, or he had met enough friendly souls to reverse his opinion. He came back last year, and will be here next Spring.

You stand in line long enough in Israel and sooner or later somebody will step in front of you or someone ahead of you as if they deserve to be there. If you leave a space that is even a foot wide, expect a line-buster.

Walk down a sidewalk and meet one, two or a dozen coming your way, and they will either not move to let you share the sidewalk or they will keep coming until they bump you. Terribly rude.

Now somebody in Israel is trying to turn the tide.


'Be A Mensch' group founded to teach Israelis manners

Sep. 17, 2009

It might seem like a task more daunting than reaching a final peace agreement with our neighbors in the region, but a pioneering group of writers, doctors and officials have joined forces in recent months to establish an organization aimed at teaching Israelis integrity and consideration for their fellow man.

"It's no secret that there has been a major decline in the basic attitudes of the Israeli public," Dr. Moshe Kaplan, founder and director of the Be A Mensch Campaign, told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday. …

The campaign is primarily aimed at Israelis between the ages of 16 and 35, but will also approach those outside this age group.

"Our first goal is to find the youngest person in the country who knows how to say 'please' and ' thank you,'" quipped Kaplan, adding that the campaign would start with the basics, such as showing courtesy on the roads and not blowing cigarette smoke into other people's faces.

"Integrity and consideration have nothing to do with the religious or secular split or with the political divide," said Kaplan. "It is about one human being [showing consideration] to another, regardless of individual views…. servlet/Satellite?cid=1251804593640&pagename=JPArticle%2FShowFull



The opening of an article in National Review Online:

“Dr. Barack and Mr. Obama
The backlash is sharp as voters learn that Obama is not the man they thought he was.
By Victor Davis Hanson
“No one imagined that Barack Obama, during his first nine months in office,would be falling in the polls even faster than George W. Bush did prior to 9/11. We all knew what Obama’s weaknesses were as he came into office — a lack of experience in foreign affairs, little knowledge of how private business works, and poor judgment concerning the extremist company he had kept in the past.”

I think Victor Davis Hanson is being kind rather than turn off independent readers by a “too tough” opening paragraph.

Barack Obama still has a terrifying lack of experience in foreign affairs. His vacuous

understanding of how capitalism works or the benefits of it to a nation is overwhelming to me. But then we come to this: “poor judgment concerning the extremist company he had kept in the past.” That is just plain wrong. In my humble, but most accurate opinion, Obama knows exactly who his fellow-travelers along the political highway are – and he heartily approves of each and every one.

The dupe is not Obama; the dupes are the people who believed better of him. He is the Manchurian Candidate of the far, radical, kook left. Presented in a warm, friendly, trustworthy cover of sheep’s wool, our President is a wolf who is more than ready to get in bed with ACORN; not innocently, but because they helped him get where he wanted to go – behind the ornate desk in the Oval Office.

Ah. Ah. Before you accuse me of being mean-spirited, perhaps you ought to think about this. Who did he try to bring along, then when necessary toss overboard? Rev. Jeremiah Wright, the race-baiting black liberation preacher who damned America in his preaching. The whispering liberal from South Dakota who was voted out of his Senate office, skipped out on his taxes, and has the credentials that would fit in with the Politburo, Tom Daschle.

Now take Sean Hannity’s role call of the ten worst advisors still serving Obama. They are a frightening list of the almost unbelievable, including one who wants to give animals human rights, ban hunting and provide animals with protection attorneys. I kid you not.

This is not a naïve President as all people of good will would like to believe. He is a wily, half-truth telling liberal who now runs our country. Or as columnist Charles Krauthammer asks and answers: “Does He Lie? No, but Obama implies, misdirects, and misleads.”

What is to be done about this? First of all, it is being done. ACORN is being unmasked and the law dogs are on them. Vic Jones has been tossed overboard by Obama and others are no doubt on the way to join him. Pelosi is facing some tough competition for her California House Seat. Reid in the Senate may end up out of office too. And with the variety of terrorism still being uncovered at home and abroad, the CIA-baiting Attorney General may soon find himself back in private practice too. At the very least, he will probably have to leave the agents of the Agency alone.

The pendulum swings. Granted all too slowly for me at times, but it does swing. This time the swell darling of the independents, the far left, and the neo-conservatives who wanted to give a sensible-seeming black man a shot at the Presidency has proven to be a Chicago style political thug and his Chief of Staff, Rahm Emmanual, is carrying the black violin case. Both will either have to leave office, change their direction under the demands of political expediency (as Bill Clinton did) or find themselves embarrassed as more and more dirt is exposed about them and their gang of socialists who want to turn the United States into the worst of Eastern European nations under the USSR.

Stay hopeful, but let your voice be heard. And this time make your vote count when the next election comes around.


What with the UN General Assembly occurring this week there will be lots of coverage by all the news outlets.

I have already read one report of President Obama’s speech, and there is very little to disagree with. He was warmly received, applauded and lots of America’s enemies smiled at him. He will no doubt be thrilled.

This seems to us to be the skinny, big-eared kid who hungers for everyone to love him, and when we who have deep disagreements with his positions don’t go along, he gets angry and jots our names down on his “payback list.” (Shades of Richard Nixon.)

What I fear that our President does not understand is that those tyrants and thugs like Medvedev, Kaddafi and Chavez are smiling because they think he can be manipulated, threatened and as a result will yank America away from any confrontation.

Perhaps I am dead wrong. In fact if I am proven so, I’ll be quick to apologize and change my tune. The fact is though, that I have been over the mountain to see the tiger and come back to talk about it. (Or not to talk about it, but to find myself much wiser about these bad boys around the world.)

What, I ask you, would cause anyone to think that any of the named characters above are just misunderstood good ole boys who need an opportunity to be pals with America? They have a history (long or short) of murdering their own people, nationalizing private property, and fighting wars against nations they think they can whip.

It is my belief that our President thinks his smiling face, soothing rhetoric and cool ways will win anyone over. He’s Slick Willy without the street smarts.


Simply put, deterrence means that a person or in this discussion, a nation, has the will to defend its own interests by whatever means are available, including force.

We should be building our posture with other nations by evaluating their capabilities and intentions and then clearly, openly and calmly stating our relationship in line with that information.

(Incidentally, that means intelligence, human and electronic.)

One cannot deal with Arab nations by bowing to one of their Kings. They will hide behind their hands and laugh at such a leader. He cannot give unilateral surrender on relationships with our allies to sooth our enemies. (Yes, Russia is one of our enemies. Look at their actions, not their press releases.) When unilateral surrender is made to bullies they take a step toward you and see if you will back up again.

That ultimately forces a person of good will to either totally run away or have to stand and fight with such force that the bully is cowed or defeated. Most of the time, intelligent use of deterrence can keep armed forces from being involved.

Israel lost some of their deterrence factor in 1973 when Nasser and other Arab nations attacked on Yom Kippur. More of it was lost in Beirut when Reagan convinced Israel to let Arafat escape to Tunis.

More still was given up in 2005 when Sharon turned all the Israelis out of Gaza for no quid pro quo. Then his replacement, the insufferable Olmert lost (in most eyes) to not a nation, but a terrorist group, Hezbollah in July/August, 2006.

Thankfully Netanyahu and General Ashkenazi are rebuilding the IDF and a couple of forays into Gaza are helping proclaim Israel’s ability to fight.

The United States is still the most powerful nation, but too much of this grinning and backing up by the President will only serve to convince our enemies that we lack the will to fight.

Saddam and bin Laden apparently exchanged correspondence wherein they stated that America lacked the guts to handle battlefield losses. They came to that conclusion by what happened in Viet Nam and through the likes of Jimmy Carter, who has shown himself to be rather a lunatic today, through his inane comments.

Two reasons that much of the world came to hate George W. Bush was that he proved that Americans can and will fight. Quickly, strongly and to win. The second reason was that the media painted him as a fool, which he most certainly was not, excepting the fact that he didn’t take his positions to the American people, and that he listened to the One Worlders in the State Department.

Now an American Apologist is winning the hearts and minds of the world (Berlin speech, etc.), but that will prove to be a problem when push comes to shove and our country is forced to stand up to the likes of Iran, Russia, North Korea or Venezuela. Mark my words.


We are busy as a one-armed paper hanger right now. Meeting lots of people, working here in the Promised Land, getting ready to welcome a number of American visitors, and doing that which the Lord has called us to.

It is a joy to be in the service of the King, and not sitting on a shelf gathering dust.

We have a number of needs for which we ask your prayers. We don’t need to enumerate them here, but please pray for us.

Thank you one and all for your encouragement, support and friendship. We keep you all in our hearts and prayers as well.

Until we next meet,

Shabbat Shalom,

Ernie Moore

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

Psalm 25:22 Redeem Israel, O God, out of all his troubles.

Psalm 60:12 Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

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